Annexation discussed at Monday meeting
Clarkrange woman injured in Main Street collision
Jones pleads to Pickett Co. shooting death
discussed at Monday meeting
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Proposed expansion of city borders was among the topics
before a joint meeting of the Livingston Planning Commission and
the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Among areas in consideration for annexation into
the Town of Livingston are Southwood and River Trace subdivisions.
A few residents of the area were in attendance to inquire about
When asked about how the annexation would take place,
Planning Commission Chairman Harold Fletcher said, "It won't
all be annexed, probably, at the same time. It'll probably be annexed
in pieces because of public hearings and so forth that is involved.
If we did it all at one time, we probably wouldn't have a room big
enough to get everybody in."
He went on to say, "The area we can annex in
right now is to East McCormick Road. We can't cross that without
going through a process, and we're working on that process."
The land to East McCormick Road falls into the Town
of Livingston's Urban Grown Boundary, which is on record with the
state. To go beyond the planned growth boundary, a town must obtain
further approval, which among other regulatory measures involves
receiving the blessing of the county government.
Fletcher said residents will have a chance to be heard
as each area of expansion is considered for annexation.
"There will be public notice in the paper when
a public hearing is held for that area,Ó he said.
David Howard addressed the Commission asking, "Can
you give us a more complete time frame when all this might go into
effect, and why it has to be annexed?"
Fletcher said, "The growth of the city, as everybody
knows, is growing south. It's not growing much in any other direction."
Then he further stated, "We're not talking about
years, we're talking about months, probably, before we get it started."
He explained that the Planning Commission has no
binding authority, saying, "This is a planning arm for the
city. We do the planning, and then we take it before the Board of
Aldermen and it's up to them whether it's annexed or whether it's
Fletcher said the planned border expansion is not
a grab for tax dollars lost to the county, but rather a way of boosting
the town's ability to compete for government funding.
"I know that a lot of you are aware of state
and federal grant programs that are out there,Ó Fletcher said. "A
city now that's less than 5,000 population is at a big disadvantage,
because you are just not eligible for a lot of grants that are out
there. If you are 5,000 or above, you are. Even for getting any
of the retail stores or anything like that in, that's one thing
they look at whenever they're looking to expand."
Fletcher assured one questioner that a fire station
would be built in the area if it is annexed, and that the station
would be manned at all times, before the annexation would go into
Fletcher said annexation would give a better insurance
rate to those annexed in, and referred to Phil Marshall, a State
Farm agent who was in the audience, as someone who could comment
on that aspect.
Marshall said, "Some of the insurance companies
are getting away from that ISO rating because they have to pay a
fee to the ISO.
"With State Farm, the largest insurer of homes
in the United States, they're no longer a member of ISO. So, they
don't go on whether it's a 9 that we currently are in the county
or a 7 that the city is. So, it wouldn't affect the largest carrier
in the United States, which is State Farm. So, the other carriers,
it will affect them, the Farm Bureau or some of those carriers.
"I don't know if that's a trend or not. They're
simply going off zip code for the simple fact that if you have a
windstorm come through or somebody break in your house or vandalize
it or lightning has nothing to do with the fire department."
Marshall later added, "It would improve the fire
service out there, no doubt, but it may not affect the insurance
rates with all companies, and it will not with State Farm."
James P. Harris presented a petition to the Commission
saying, "This is all the neighbors in Southwood except for
"They're all opposed to it."
Back on the subject of how long the process would
take for Southwood to be brought up for annexation, Fletcher said,
"It'll be a while because of the process of extending the area
that we've got to go through with, state approval, regulations.
We don't know exactly how long it'll take. It'll be months."
Mayor Hosea Winningham said, "Southwood? It
may be five years before we get out there."
Harris again addressed the Commission indicating the
people there would fight the annexation. Harris said "By the
state charter you're allowed to protest it.Ó
Fletcher said, "You've got your rights. But when
it comes to going to court, you'll lose. That's the way it always
A work session was scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, March
3 for the Planning Commission to discuss the planned annexation
with Livingston aldermen.
In other items brought up for consideration, Jeff
Hunter's request to subdivide his property in order to separate
his newly built home and his car lot was approved.
Then, the board approved rezoning the part where the
house is located from commercial to residential.
A zoning request from Frankie Dixon was disallowed.
He wanted to put a wrecker service on Buena Vista Drive, but his
deed does not allow for anything other than a residence. Cathy Parsons
abstained from the vote.
Silas Terry has bought West Main Street property
formerly housing Joyce's Designs and plans to put in a doctor's
office. The board approved allowing the building to be used for
a doctor's office and the remodeling of the building.
The Commission approved the site plan for Beverly
Linder's building on the bypass to make an addition to the building,
which would fill in a corner of the building to make more usable
The meeting adjourned.
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woman injured in Main Street collision
Stuart Parsons/OCN staff
A Ford van rests against the KFC sign after a collision
Monday, Feb. 24. According to reports, Patricia Threet, 67, of Celina,
was attempting to cross West Main Street into the entrance of KFC
around 11:40 a.m. when her 2000 Ford Windstar crossed into the path
of a 2000 Chrysler Sebring driven by Patty Lane, 57, of Clarkrange.
The collision caused the airbags to deploy in Lane's car, and caused
the van to slide through the grass at KFC and continue into the
sign in front of the restaurant. Lane was transported to Livingston
Regional Hospital. Tim Poore of Livingston Police Department investigated
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pleads to Pickett Co. shooting death
By Robert Forsman, OCN Court Reporter
A Pickett County shooting death, which occurred in
1999, was resolved last week when a defendant pled guilty to voluntary
Edward J. Jones, 66, entered the plea in Pickett County
Criminal Court, Judge Lillie Ann Sells presiding.
Jones was charged with the shooting death of Billy
Winningham, 63, of Pickett County. Winningham was found dead in
his driveway in the early morning hours on July 16, 1999, according
to TBI investigator Russ Winkler.
Winkler testified that Winningham was killed with
a shotgun blast to the upper chest and head from approximately 75
feet away. Jones was reportedly hiding beside Winningham's residence
when Winningham pulled into the driveway. When Winningham exited
his vehicle, Jones shot him.
Jones reportedly confessed to the shooting after being
indicted for first degree murder by the Pickett County Grand Jury
on December 2, 1999.
In a subsequent statement, Jones said he yelled,
"Hey, Bill!Ó and fired when Winningham grabbed what Jones thought
was a handgun from the seat and pointed it at him. Agent Winkler
testified that a handgun was found next to the victim's body.
Jones said Winningham threatened to kill him 10 days
before the shooting in a dispute involving Jones' estranged wife.
"I was down by the lake," Jones said, "when
he pulled up and threatened to kill me."
The case against Jones, heard by a Pickett County
jury prior to the plea, resulted in a mistrial.
Judge Sells said, "We began a trial several years
ago, but a mistrial resulted when it was discovered jury members
were allowed to phone home."
The jury was reportedly sequestered when the calls
According to the plea agreement, Jones was sentenced
to six years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. Jones was also
sentenced to an additional two years and a day in prison for manufacturing
marijuana while out of jail on bond for the murder charge.
Agent Winkler testified that 79 marijuana plants were
found on Jones' property and approximate 3 ounces of marijuana were
found in his residence.
Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett cited the
victim's criminal history to explain why the prosecution agreed
to the reduction from murder to manslaughter.
"The reputation of Mr. Winningham's propensity
for violence," Burnett said, "would have been admitted
to the defendant's state of mind. In terms of fearing Mr. Winningham,
all evidence would have been admissible."
Jones was taken into custody following his plea.
Judge Sells said, "I order the defendant into
custody immediately, to serve an eight-year and one-day sentence."
Jones was transported from Pickett County Courthouse
to Overton County Jail, where he will be incarcerated until being
transferred to a DOC prison.
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